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Mountain lion sighting shuts down Vacaville school for hours

By From page A3 | October 13, 2011

VACAVILLE — Two people reported seeing a mountain lion on Thursday near residential homes, stores and close enough to an elementary school to cause officials to put it on lockdown as a precaution.

The first sighting came at 9 a.m. on a jogging path along Browns Valley Parkway. The caller reported seeing what he thought was a mountain lion against a sound wall separating the thoroughfare from a residential neighborhood.

Vacaville police and the state Department of Fish and Game responded and shut down nearby Browns Valley Elementary School. The school was released from lockdown around 11 a.m.

But the school was briefly put on lockdown again around 1:30 p.m. when another person called police with a similar report. The caller said a mountain lion was near the Best Buy store on Monte Vista Avenue. No stores were evacuated.

Game Warden Patrick Foy said it is possible for a mountain lion to travel that distance in the time between the two reports. However, Fish and Game officials as of 3 p.m. found nothing to indicate a mountain lion was in the area.

“Not a stick of evidence,” Foy said. “We are looking hard to determine one way or another.”

Reach David DeBolt at 427-6935 or [email protected]

David DeBolt

David DeBolt

A native of Vacaville, DeBolt was a newspaperman in Palo Alto before coming home to work at the DR in June 2011. He covers education, county government and politics. His friends call him "Scoop."

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  • MarciOctober 13, 2011 - 3:15 pm

    If officials find the cougar, please tranquilize it and not shoot it!

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  • lisaOctober 13, 2011 - 4:52 pm

    This is what happens when we move into their neighborhoods. They are in search of food. I hope if they find it that they will not harm it bit relocate it a little higher in the hills.

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  • TonyMOctober 13, 2011 - 11:26 pm

    It is clear that some do not know about mountain lions. Mountain lions are territorial and usually are pushed into other territories by other mountain lions. All this means is the population of mountain lions is getting larger. Plus finding proof of a mountain lion being around is not easy. I been hunting in mountain lion country for 50 years and have only seen their paw prints twice. The only thing that they will find in Vacaville, if the sightings are true, are more reports of missing pets than normal. The lions will not leave much evidence. Check out this story. http://abclocal.go.com/kabc/story?section=news/local/ventura_county&id=6943096

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